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Review of Norfolk & Western Steam in the 1950s Volume 1

Here are rare color scenes of N&W steam from 1953 to 1958. This is rare color film footage now brought to you edited and transferred to DVD. N&W locations covered include the Shenandoah Division, Roanoke, the triple track Christiansburg Mountain grade, Shaffers Crossing and more. We'll see steam from many N&W classes: J Class, M Class and Y Class steamers are all shown, all with subtitles showing class and number of the locomotive.

Included is the only known footage of the 1956 wreck of the 611 when she left the rails at speed, almost ending up in Tug Fork. Railfan, professional railroader and amateur historian Lee Avis shot much of this film. We are also indebted to John Lischke for the Roanoke 1958 footage and to William Spillan for the 1956 footage of the wreck of the 611. This is rare footage now brought to you edited and transferred to DVD.

Shot on silent 8mm film and that is how it comes to you, backed with music, as silent "film" now on DVD. 8mm color and B&W fil

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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